Dan Zanes and Friends | Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg for the American Songbag

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Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg for the American Songbag

by Dan Zanes and Friends

Dan Zanes, in his varied and rough-hewn 21st century folk style, revives 25 classic tunes, airs, and ditties collected by poet Carl Sandburg for "The American Songbag." Recently featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Wanderin'
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2. The Railroad Cars Are Coming
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3. Titanic
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4. Railroad Bill
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5. Roll the Chariot
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6. Waillie, Waillie!
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7. California
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8. All Night Long
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9. The E-ri-e
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10. The Shanty-man's Life
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11. I Was Born Almost Ten Thousand Years Ago
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12. Lo Que Digo
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13. Cuckoo Waltz
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14. Across the Western Ocean
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15. The Monkey's Wedding
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16. The Midnight Train
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17. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!
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18. Lonesome Raod
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19. The Song of a Gambolier
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20. The Colorado Trail
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21. Willy the Weeper
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22. Lord Lovel
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23. Lincoln and Liberty
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24. When the Curtains of Night Are Pinned Back
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25. Ezekiel, You and Me
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Album Notes
The true modern folk record, Parades And Panoramas is a revival of 25 songs from poet Carl Sandburg's legendary 1927 collection of traditional tunes, The American Songbag.

Dan Zanes, a former Del Fuego, and his usual scruffy troupe of singers and musicians drag these old time songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century- with acoustic arrangement, with traditional instruments, with tuba driven electric guitars.

Parades and Panoramas has the homemade sound that listeners who love Wilco or The Band or Oh Brother Where Art Thou will love.

It's folk music for the un-folked; traditional music for rock n rollers.

It's music appropriate for all ages, though adults and teenagers may not want to share.

Parades and Panoramas is packaged with a 60 page full color booklet which includes lyrics, chords, Carl Sandburg's writings about the songs, additional thoughts by Dan Zanes, and wild historical photos of American musicians from the turn of the last century.


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Tina Granzo

This delightful CD is a wonderful tribute.
Dan Zanes' reproduction of some of Carl Sandburg's collected songs is a wonderful work of art and a fitting tribute. This CD is perfect for kids from 0 to 105 (and beyond). My thanks to Mr. Zanes and his team for helping to bring these songs to light again.

Brian Luster

Fantastic arrangements of old songs you've probably never heard
Dan has done it again! Absolutely fantastic arrangements of great old songs. Every one is a hit. Dan has a style all his own, and he works with a great bunch of musicians -- from children to grownups, he knows how to work them into his pieces. You've probably never heard these songs before, and you'll wonder where they've been hiding. Thanks to Dan and his gang for saving this music from obscurity.


They've done it again!
This new collection by Dan Zanes and his regular collaborators delivers everything you love about their other albums and more. Digging into history, they've brought up a whole new trove of stories to ponder and celebrate. Who knew that after the treacly triumph of the movie Titanic, another song about could be moving?

charley mcq

Dan Zanes is must listening for anyone who likes music created with real instrum
Dan Zanes, as y'all probably know, is a former roots-rocker who realized that there was no good music for kids when he went out to find some for his own offspring. He became very interested in the old blues and old-timey music he had heard as a kid. He's turned into a kind of Bono for Old Music, an ambassador who shows us what was so good about what we've let slip away musically. This CD is, I think, the apex of his work as an Old-Timey Music Archeaologist. No original songs on it; normally that would be a shame because his original stuff is just fantastic (kids music my a**, I put it on my own mix CDs). This CD has 25 songs from Carl Sandburgs American Songbag. If you read the wonderful liner notes and the song intros, you get a sense of what moves Mr. Zanes and why he does what he does. We are so lucky to have him as tour guide to this type of music. And the music itself... rocks. You can take a guy out of rock and roll but... you know the rest. He finds the *thing* in the music that makes it appealing, and his loose, rockin', funky style makes it all toe-tapping, dance-along, sing-along fun. And as though he is personally answering my prayers, he's included the guitar chords to the songs right in the accompanying book! If you've never heard Dan Zanes and his music, then I'm not sure if this is the best introduction to him; I think that House Party might serve that purpose better. But this is a fabulous CD. And if you prefer music made with real instruments, about real things, you should own this. Whether you have kids or not.

Matt G

Great listening, and easy to teach your kids
Awesome cd - my kids are singing it with me, and to anyone who'll listen.

Lisa Marty

This CD warmed my cockles . . .
With all the sad goingson in the world today, it's quite easy to feel inconsolable and beleaguered. This CD cut right through my beleaguerment and warmed me to the cockles of my heart heart heart. Thanks to Dan Zanes and company for quite impossibly lifting my spirits and giving me hope. Sweet homey harmonies and a wonderfully hand wrought sound delighted me down to my last corpuscle!

Stan Harrison

Great!!! He did it again.!!!
Great CD. My whole family loves it

Barry Hayes

I love all these old songs
I've gotten all of Dan's previous albums and I must say that this one seems to have the perfect synthesis of "Old Songs", storytelling, great arrangements, history and FUN! It has that special homespun feeling like it was made by people who love the songs and really enjoy playing together. Get it.

barb vt

You still rock our house, Dan!
This is my new favorite CD. When my family and I get together with other families with kids, what can we all sing together that everybody knows? The Oscar Meyer Wiener song or Christmas carols. We've been teaching Dan's re-takes on these good old tunes.


A great CD for adults and kids. Great for older kids studying American history. I plan to buy several as holiday gifts for friends. Everyone of Dan Zanes' CDs is a winner!
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